Apples and oranges, vacation style

The bean-counter of all things White House, Mark Knoller compares vacation days of presidents:

There has been criticism of the president’s vacation at this time. But how does the number of vacation days the president has spent compare to his predecessors? CBS Radio’s Mark Knoller has kept track of presidential vacations for years and supplied the data.

So far, President Obama has taken 61 vacation days after 31 months in office. At this point in their presidencies, George W. Bush had spent 180 days at his ranch where his staff often joined him for meetings. And Ronald Reagan had taken 112 vacation days at his ranch.

 Among recent presidents, Bill Clinton took the least time off — 28 days.

A few points: vacations for all Presidents are “working” vacations, a point Knoller later makes. Reagan and GW both owned the land they went back to, thereby not incurring vast expenses for taxpayers to house staff and Secret Service.

My question for Mark Knoller: how much taxpayer money did each President spend on vacations?

Therein lies the difference.

As for optics, Pundette  laughs off VDH’s suggestions for an “Alternate vacation.” On the cheap and with the people ain’t the Obama way.

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One Response

  1. Reagan and George W. got to know–and talked turkey with–the foreign heads of state they entertained at their private ranches; other presidents did the same at Camp David. Those events are not in the same universe as Obama’s conspicuous retreats to beach playgrounds for the wealthy to facilitate his recovery from golfing, shooting hoops, hosting celebrity parties, attacking our country’s economy, and running for a second term.

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